A work in progress. That is our accommodation, the Akkan Beach Hotel. As the tourist shoulder season opens today, they are hurriedly trying to finish a big renovation. Wires hang from ceilings; the pool is 7/8 filled (and sitting unfiltered); the dining area is stacked with boxes of glasses, plates, potted plants in plastic cartons, fridges; paint fumes permeate the hallways, drips of black paint adorn the freshly-laid white marble (!!!) on the stairways. Our room, which is finished, is gorgeous and overlooks the pool and the harbour and the scrambling workmen. The place *will* be beautiful, but right now it is a construction zone. The Turkish-speaking staff are trying to understand their English- and German-speaking guests. This, too, will be resolved. We are the dinner guests who have arrived a half-hour before the invitation stated it would ... only, we are the ones on time. The thing that was ready is the weather.
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Our hotel is not alone. Half of Bodrum is in final preparations for the season - setting up umbrellas, painting patio furniture. Potting flowers, lining up the banana lounges and stringing the buoys for swimming areas. Last night we went for a walk and ended up at a season opening of a restaurant. Free wine and food certainly makes up for a bit of last minute construction work!
Azure, clear water under equally blue skies makes for a marvellous breakfast backdrop. Bodrum is a busy port, with many, many small boats and ships coming and going. It is a starting point for many dive and cruise trips. Diving, sailing, kayaking, motoring, party-booze-cruise-faux-pirate ships ... all coming and going from the docks around this old town.
Today, we join a sailing cruise for a week and escape the bustle of this place. There will be NO internet, so expect a quiet few weeks whilst we unplug and have some experiences to write about.
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